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Federal Judge Denies Poliquin's Challenge To Maine's Ranked-Choice Voting Law

A federal judge has denied Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s legal challenge to Maine’s ranked-choice voting law and his request to invalidate the runoff he lost to Democrat Jared Golden.

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Governor LePage vetoed 16 more bills Tuesday.  They included two attempts by Democrats to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law.   The governor also rejected bills to overhaul the state's concealed handgun permit system and to allow forest rangers to carry firearms.The latest vetoes bring LePage's total to 179 since he took office.   That's far above the record of 118 vetoes issued by Independent Governor James Longley during his one term in office.   Legislators will re-convene tomorrow to take override votes on the latest vetoes.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Democrat Mike Michaud has raised $464,253 and independent Eliot Cutler $389,467 in the latest reporting period for gubernatorial candidates in Maine.

The reports filed with the Maine Commission of Governmental Ethics and Election Practices on Tuesday cover contributions and expenditures from Jan. 1 through April 22.

Provisions of Maine Sex Trafficking Bill Questioned

Apr 29, 2014

A new law that imposes higher fines and harsher penalties on those responsible for the crime of sex trafficking has been widely lauded by prosecutors and women's advocacy groups. But some Maine attorneys are questioning provisions of the law that impose mandatory minimum fines for offenders, as well as some of its underlying rationale that imposes a criminal justice solution to solve what could just as easily be defined as a social problem. A.J. Higgins has more.

'Go to college'… 'get a job'… 'enlist'… 'learn a trade…' These are some of the likely things graduating high school seniors have heard over the past few months. Today we learn what options are available to graduating seniors - from heading straight to college - to taking a gap year - or finding an apprenticeship.  

Our guests:  

Genevieve Morgan - author of 'Undecided: Navigating Life and Learning after High School'

Portland high school guidance counselor Doug Drew

Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud is tied with incumbent Republican Paul LePage in a new poll of the three-way race for governor.

The statewide poll, conducted by Rasmussen Reports, surveyed 839 likely voters. It finds both Michaud and LePage garnering 40 percent support.

Independent Eliot Cutler is a distant third, with 14 percent of the vote. One percent of respondents prefer another candidate, and 1 percent are undecided. The poll was conducted last week.

Portland Pirates former CEO Brian Petrovek (left) in 2013.
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The minor league hockey team from Maine's largest city has announced the resignation of its President of Business Development.

 

The Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League announced Monday that it accepted the resignation of Brian Petrovek, former CEO who served in that role for 14 years before changing roles a few months ago to President, Business Development.

 

The U.S. Navy's first DDG-1000 destroyer, the USS Zumwalt, tied up at BIW
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A couple of weeks ago, the world's most advanced warship, the USS Zumwalt, formally hit the water at a christening ceremony at Bath Iron Works. The midcoast shipyard is due to build two more of the DDG-1000 destroyers for the U.S. Navy over the next several years. The program, however, has ended up being much more costly than originally intended, in part because it was drastically cut back a few years ago from 32 ships to just three.

Mugshots for Randall Daluz and Nicholas Sexton
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The trial of two men accused of killing three Maine residents whose bodies were found in a burning car is set to open in Bangor.

Randall Daluz and Nicholas Sexton are charged in Penobscot County with three counts of murder and one count of starting a fire with the intent to destroy property. Jury selection begins Monday.

Authorities have said the victims were shot before the car was torched Aug. 13, 2012, amid a drug dispute.

Gen. Oliver Otis Howard, after the American Civil War, circa 1908.
U.S. Library of Congress

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The Maine State Museum in Augusta is hosting a program about Civil War general and Leeds, Maine, native Oliver Otis Howard.

Author Gordon Weil will speak at the event. He wrote The Good Man: The Civil War's "Christian General" and His Fight for Racial Equality about Howard in 2013.

Howard led the Freedmen's Bureau after the war. He directed the bureau's task of integrating freed slaves in society in the South. He also founded Howard University in Washington and served as its president from 1869 to 1874.

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The Maine GOP convention was held in Bangor over the weekend where party leaders gathered in a show of unity ahead of the November elections. The theme of the convention was "United for Jobs, United for Freedom, United for Maine." Democratic and independent candidates responded to some of the attacks aimed at them over the weekend.

Governor LePage (R) said he's expecting a contentious campaign year.

"This will be probably the nastiest campaign you've ever seen in the state of Maine," LePage told the assembled crowd on Saturday.

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"Made in Maine" Gift Guide

Thursday—Take a listen back to our earlier show featuring great ideas for made-in-Maine crafts, products, experiences and more.